Richard Caliban has worked as a director and playwright across the country and internationally in the UK, Budapest and Uzbekiztan. He was Artistic Director of acclaimed Cucaracha Theatre where he directed many of his plays over fourteen seasons, including Homo Sapien Shuffle at the Public Theatre. Caliban’s MoM - A Rock Concert Musical won “Outstanding Musical” at FringeNYC and continued with runs at the Actor’s Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center and many other venues. He is also known for directing the celebrated Obie and Outer Critics Circle award-winning production of Mac Wellman’s Crowbar at the Victory Theater; and for his collaborations with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Jules Feiffer; Michael Weller and Will Sheffer (Big Love, HBO) on the Naked Angels stage production and subsequent film version of Easter. Last season Caliban directed Gil’s outrageous lampoon of Trump, Transparent Falsehood, and is delighted to be collaborating with him again.
Gil Kofman was born in Nigeria and raised in Kenya, Israel, and NY. He holds an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. His play American Magic, a dark political satire, was produced in NY, LA, and London with music by Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) and Richard Foreman as the President. It was later published by Broadway Play Publishing along with two other plays, The Interview/Entrevista and Pharmacopeia. The Interview/Entrevista starred Tony winner Frank Wood and played in LA, NY and Dallas Theater Center and received a Dramalogue Award. His film The Memory Thief (starring Mark Webber and Jerry Adler) won several awards and played on the Sundance Channel. His most recent play about Trump - Transparent Falsehood: An American Travesty - was produced last spring with Richard Caliban directing. He is excited to be working again with Richard on his most recent play - Leni’s Last Lament - a darkly comic play about the life and tribulations of Leni Riefenstahl.